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Red Sox at Rays Lineups: Eddie after dark

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Or, shortly before dark.

Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

The Red Sox have their second night game in three days as they head out to take on the Rays in Port Charlotte. This one has a 6:35 start time and NESN will have the broadcast. Taking the mound for the Red Sox will be Eduardo Rodriguez, who is looking to keep his momentum building towards a season in which he will be entrusted as the team’s de facto ace. His starting on Opening Day hasn’t yet been officially announced, but Ron Roenicke hinted at it today.

The math to which he refers is counting the starts to Opening Day, but I feel like that probably isn’t necessary either. Once it was decided that Chris Sale would miss Opening Day, that start was always going to Rodriguez. So, yeah, he’s pitching tonight.

On the other side, it’s a semi-regular kind of lineup. There are some regulars sitting out, but still some notable players here. Both Xander Bogaerts and Michael Chavis are in, and they are looking to get going. Both have been striking out a bunch, and Bogaerts is still looking to get on base for the first time this spring. Also interesting is that José Peraza is in left, his first time in the outfield this spring. That could be more to get both Chavis and Tzu-Wei Lin in the lineup along with him, but in that case someone could play DH. I think we could see Peraza used for his versatility a bit this summer.

The full lineups are below:

3/11, at Rays

Lineup Spot Red Sox Rays
Lineup Spot Red Sox Rays
1 Kevin Pillar, CF Austin Meadows, RF
2 Rafael Devers, 3B Brandon Lowe, 2B
3 Xander Bogaerts, SS Yandy Díaz, 3B
4 Michael Chavis, 1B Ji-Man Choi, 1B
5 Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Hunter Renfroe, DH
6 Jonathan Lucroy, C Yoshimoto Tsutsugo, LF
7 José Peraza, LF Manuel Margot, CF
8 Tzu-Wei Lin, 2B Chris Hermann, C
9 Rusney Castillo, DH Willy Adames, SS
SP Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP Shane McClanahan, LHP